Back in 2008, Derry Long stumbled upon a professional networking site called LinkedIn. After setting up his profile, he decided to create a group that were members of LinkedIn and were heading down to Cannes to attend MIPIM.
30 people contacted him, mostly from the UK, but also from USA, Portugal and Hong Kong. It was agreed to meet at the Hotel Palais Stephanie for drinks at 6 pm. How was everyone going to know who Derry Long was? Simple. Derry printed off the LinkedIn Logo and held it aloft standing by the bar!
Following the success of this gathering, Derry then decided to make the group only for UK Participants who were interested in going to MIPIM. Reed Midem gave their blessing to allow him to use the word MIPIM in the title and MIPIM - UK Participants was established.
Over the course of the next 12 months, the LinkedIn Group grew from 30 to 360 people, and it was then that Derry decided to create an annual reception. Creating a friendly and relaxed environment where the key players in the UK property industry could meet, reconnect and generate new business, before heading down to Cannes for MIPIM.
The first official reception was held at the offices of BLP Insurance in 2009. The event was attended by over 150 professionals.
Each year the event has gotten bigger, and we have moved to larger venues throughout the City and West End.
In 2016, Derry came up with the catchy title of MIPIM Yes Oui Cannes (MYOC) and at the end of 2017, created the website- yesouicannes.co.uk and renamed the LinkedIn group to MIPIM Yes Oui Cannes (UK Participants).
Today, the group is just shy of 3000 members. To help with logistics, organising and promoting the event Derry is supported by Liz Ackland of Right Venues and Neil Stanley of Square Metre.
Finally, it is our intention to organise regional events throughout the year.
This is the first time that we have organised an event around MIPIM UK, we have purposefully made the event smaller to gauge the interest in the event. The event is fully supported by Reed Midem.
If you would like to become a co-sponsor of MIPIM (UK) Yes Oui Cannes 2019 or any of our future regional events, then please get in touch.